Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 23, 2013.
Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday.
The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela’s condition had become critical in the past 24 hours.
“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands,” Zuma said in the statement, using Mandela’s clan name.
Zuma also met Graca Machel, Mandela’s wife, at the hospital in Pretoria and discussed the former leader’s condition, according to the statement. Zuma was accompanied on the visit by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of the country’s ruling party, the African National Congress.
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Remembering Mandela’s 1962 Creative Cry to the World
By Melanie Nathan, June 12, 2013.
At the time of the 1962 trial of Nelson Mandela, one of a few, South Africans who were not white, and who comprised the majority of the population, were not allowed to vote. This was because Apartheid excluded black South Africans from this basic right to equality. When reading this piece please note that the word “African/s” was using common 60′s terminology when black South Africans were referred to as “Africans.”
In 1961 Nelson Mandela issued a statement explaining his decision to work underground:
“The struggle is my life… I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.”
Three years later, Mandela was sentenced to life on Robben Island where he labored in a rock quarry, year after year.
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